I’ve written before about The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-analysis: A Selection, a multi-year conceptual/visual/appropriation poetry (?) project that was also the first subject of my Instagram feed. Now that it’s been through a few iterations, I’ve decided to return to some earlier ideas for extending the project and do a print run of complete, 142-page copies. While I had the opportunity to print some mock-ups of the book some years ago (hence the photo below), this time around I’m making enough for distribution–albeit a rather limited distribution, since this is conceptual poetry, after all!
Details remain TBD, but most of the print run, I think, will go toward a guerrilla art distribution campaign with the goal of seeding Toronto’s literary landscape with a healthy does of these intricately confounding psycho-analytic book objects. However, I also want to take this chance to make sure that anyone who wants a copy for themselves gets one, since I doubt they will ever be printed again. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a few interested book fetishists contribute some financial backing to the print run (which is coming out of my own pocket, by the way).
So here’s the deal: for $20 (CAD) plus the cost of shipping, I’ll reserve you a copy of The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-analysis: A Selection and send it your way as soon as soon as they come off the press. Since I have no long-term book-selling plans, the transaction will be somewhat informal, but please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your book or ask me any questions. I’m friendly, I promise!
What’s most important on my end is that anyone who wants a copy lets me know as soon as possible, so I can make sure I print enough! If you don’t reserve yours, I might still have some leftovers later on, or you might be lucky enough to find one washed up at a used bookstore or library…but I can’t guarantee it!
While the full printing has yet to take place, I’ve just confirmed that I’ll be doing the print run with the Toronto Public Library’s Asquith Press, which is, in effect, a giant contraption (pictured below) called an Espresso Book Machine. I got to see the machine in action when I printed the mock-ups, and it is pretty amazing: basically, it completes the entire task of printing, trimming, and binding paperback books within a single, fully-automated process, complete with robot arms and hot glue. The folks at the reference library’s digital innovation hub charge quite modest fees to print books with it, especially if your print run is small, so I would definitely recommend it to any aspiring book-with-a-spine-makers.
As you might expect, I’m pretty excited to start this thing running. Until then, happy (non-)reading!